My Advice

Useful Links and Files

My Ideas:

General Advice:

    • Take Pictures!- Pictures are great not only for build documentation and showing friends, but also for record keeping and ways to remember what things look like or where they go. I try to take pictures of just about everything as I go along.
    • Decide goals and set realistic expectations for the build: I think a lot of people that quit these builds mid-way through had unrealistic expectations of the car they were building. These kits are best thought of as projects than finished vehicles. If your goal for the build is only to have a car that does "X", then you are probably better served by something else. However, if your goal is to have the experience of building your own car, despite that it will not be perfect or the most efficient way to get a fun thing to drive then you can consider the kits a great option!
  • Donor Advice:
    • Price: If you're on a time constraint or a strict budget, don't go for a cheap donor. I paid $2300 for mine, but the costs of that is a full rebuild of the engine, wiring issues, a new turbo, etc. I think a decent price for a donor is around the $5000 area so you can get one that is mechanically sound.
    • Engine Rebuild: A mistake I made while buying all my rebuild parts was buying the bearings and pistons too early. Wait to buy any size-dependent items such as pistons and bearings until you confirm what the machining needs of the engine parts are.
  • Chassis Preparation
    • Undercoating for aluminum panels- 3M Rubberized undercoating or similar. Looks nice and should help with noise from rocks.
    • Suspension components- Use Corroseal rust reverse product after wire-wheeling. Then coat parts with bedliner (matches the rough rust texture below). I used this process for the very rusty spindles and trailing arms. For less rusty parts simply clean/prep and paint with black automotive gloss paint.
      • Get a Harbor Freight hydraulic press for wheel bearings. It pays for itself just using it this one time.
      • Pipe Trick for Axle CV- Google this for a video. It's WAY better than the FFR hammer/vice method. I got my front outer CVs off in one whack with the axle inside a pipe.

Other's Ideas and helpful info

Creating A Build Website:

  • So, the reason why I created a build website over a very thorough and up-to-date build thread is that this platform allows me to present the information however I would like and be free from forum interface restrictions. It also allows me to avoid the clutter of conversation within the documentation. I've had some experience with web building in the past but this setup should be simple enough for anyone to duplicate.
  • What I'm using (everything is Google owned because I like the integration)
    • Google Domains Domain Hosting: $12/yr
      • This is how I get the 818coupe.com custom url
    • Google Photos: Free!
      • I already use this with my phone and it integrates well with Blogger and Google Sites.
    • Google Sites website builder: Free!
      • Google revamped this in 2017 and it is now a very easy to use website builder. Not the most flexible or feature filled but great for a simple site like this. I use things like blogger to help enhance the site.
    • Blogger: Free!
      • This is how I create all my "updates". Blogger helps me manage all the posts individually and I simply use a embedded webpage to bring it into this site. The blog is technically a separate site because of this.
      • Blog functionality such as subscriptions, searching, etc. are all benefits of this.
    • Feedburner: Free!
      • This is how I share a email subscription option for people. It gives people a recurring email subscription to my blogger RSS feed that is updated every time I post. The interface is old and kinda clunky but it is simple for the subscriber and requires no maintenance from me once setup.

Forum Stuff: These are ideas/how-to's from other builders that I thought were great and wanted to preserve in PDF format. Hopefully all of these are still accessible on the forum, but if not feel free to download them here.